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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 3, 2010 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

For some time I’ve lamented that there isn’t a complete archive of Jerry Garcia interviews online. Many interviews in old publications are now more or less inaccessible – a few have been reprinted; a few others have been transcribed online; a few circulate in audio.
So I’ve decided to at least take a small step and try compiling links to the various interviews available to read or hear online. This list is just a start, and is meant to be a work in progress – I hope readers can suggest other interviews I’ve missed.
This list is not meant to cover what’s available in books or DVDs – it’s a list of weblinks, not a bibliography. I was hesitant to include youtube videos; but there’s a lot of good material there. I drew the line, though, at listing every ten-second snippet!
This is arranged by date – I tried to list the actual interview dates, but sometimes had to settle for publication date.

Summer ’67 - (Audio)

10/11/70 - (by Jay Itkowitz, for Action World)

Feb ‘71 - (by David Bromberg)

6/21/71 - (has French voiceover)

Summer ’71 - (by Charles Reich & Jann Wenner; published in Signpost to New Space)

4/11/72 -

April ‘72 - (very short)

Oct ’73 -
Jan ’74 - (by Cameron Crowe - not straight interviews, but use lots of Garcia quotes)

3/23/75 - (Audio - preshow interview included)

8/6/75 - (Audio - by Mary Travers)

4/1/76 - (by Steve Weitzman, for Relix)

1976 (Audio - by Ben Fong-Torres for Rolling Stone; in 5 parts, follow links)

3/10/78 - (Audio - radio interview w/ John Kahn about punk & new-wave bands – great music excerpts)

Oct ‘78 - (by Jon Sievert; excerpts from Guitar Player interview) (has a few short excerpts from later Guitar Player interviews)

Oct ‘80 Radio City press conference w/ Weir - (pt 1) (pt 2)

5/7/81 - (by Tom Snyder on Tomorrow TV show, with the band) (with Ken Kesey, about LSD)

7/10/81 - (Audio)

Oct ’81 - (“In Search of the X Factor” – also includes other Dead interviews from Musician issue)

4/9/82 - (Audio - by Lisa Robinson)

4/13/82 - (Letterman TV show w/ Weir) (another snippet)

1/21/83 - (Audio - FM radio interview)

6/2/83 - (MTV, unedited prebroadcast interview) (part 2) (part 3)

Fall ’84 - (Video - “PM Magazine” TV interview by Dennis Elsas)

1/12/85 - (complete Jas Obrecht interview for Frets; excerpt was used on

Sep ’85 - (by Paul Krassner, for Realist)

April ’87 - (Audio - brief)

’87 - (by Justin Kreutzmann, about the Touch of Grey video)

’87 - - (Video - might not stream…)

11/12/87 - (by Mary Eisenhart, for BAM – full transcript)

9/13/88 - (on rainforests)

7/3/89 - (by Jeremy Alderson, for Relix)

Oct ‘89 - (by Steve Peters, for Relix)

Nov ’89 -

3/1/91 - (w/ Elvis Costello, for Musician)

9/13/91 - (by Scott Muni)
(Same as and )

spring ’92 - (by Barbara Meier, for Tricycle)

5/20/93 - (w/ Bob Weir - by Jon Sievert, for Guitar Player)

’93 - (retrospective)

Jan ’94 – (for Magical Blend)
(Different edits of this interview also available at and and )

3/31/94 - (short interview on art)

’94? - (part 2)

Nov ’91 - (some interesting Garcia comments in this news report)

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Poster: Reade Date: Dec 4, 2010 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

The April '72 snippet is pretty cool. Criminal as far as the length goes. Where would the rest of it be fer cryin' out loud?

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Dec 3, 2010 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

What a fantastic project. Are you really Santa Claus?
Boundless gratitude over here.

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Poster: jitkowitz Date: Apr 14, 2011 8:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

I am so pleased to see my interview with Jerry from 1970 archived. I always felt it was special but I don't think I dreamed that 41 years later people would still find it of interest, yet they clearly do.
The interview was kind of a blind shot in the sense I had no connections to the Dead. I got the interview because they played my college (Queens) and as an editor on the college newspaper I was able to get on stage while they were tuning up. I went directly up to Jerry at an opportune moment, handed him four reefers and asked him for an interview. He gave me the name of the band's manager and told me to call the next day. I called and they let me come up later in the afternoon.

When I got to the room at the hotel, there were quite a few people hanging out while Jerry just sat there and played riffs for about a half hour or so. When he fnished, he turned to me and said okay, what do you want to know.

I had prepared for the opportunity by reading The Electric Cool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe and had a lot of questions about the formation of the group and how they got together with the Merry Pranksters. Jerry patiently answered every question I had.

The rest is, as they say, history. The interview was featured in Action World and was snapped up the moment it came out. The interview was periodically reissued by Action World over the years and was always very popular.

Ironically, about nine months later I was across the country in Oregon and thought I could get an interview with Ken Kesey. I located his number and actually got him on the phone. I asked him for an interview and his response was as follows: "I don't do interviews."

Jerry could have certainly taken the same position inasmuch as he was very sought after. He didn't.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 3, 2010 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

Some of these I have read, but wow , have I got some reading ahead !
Thanks .

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 3, 2010 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

WOW! Very nice...

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Dec 3, 2010 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

great job!

there was an interview from Europe 81 that came out in September of this year... 3-28-81

i probably got it from lossless legs but i'm not sure!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 4, 2010 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

Thank-you LIA

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Dec 4, 2010 6:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Garcia Interview Links

i have pondered of a jerry interview archive and now i thank you sir.